The onslaught of 2020 continues. This week we saw a game postponed to another week (Broncos-Patriots) which caused a slew of schedule changes across the league over the next several weeks. Now, teams are having to move their bye weeks around and then also their scheduled opponents.
For the first time since 2010, we will have Tuesday night football. The Titans reported no new positive COVID-19 tests this morning, so they should be good to go tonight against the Bills. We also saw a heartbreaking injury to Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott, where at the time you could feel the entire NFL community holding their breath from players, to fans, to even division rivals. The carnage of injuries in the NFL don’t seem to be ending any time soon.
On a brighter note, one of the most inspiring stories of resilience and mental strength came to fruition this weekend. Alex Smith played in an NFL game for the first time in nearly 700 days, after one of the most gruesome injuries seen on live TV. Many believed that an injury like this would end any player’s career, so it was a forgone conclusion that the last time we would see the 34-year-old QB would be him being carted off to the locker room. Smith’s return is nothing short of remarkable, and in this time of darkness and uncertainty, maybe this gives someone just a little more hope.
Diving into the waiver wire this week, there are quite a few guys I am trying to get, as well as other guys you should be checking your waivers for just in case they were already dropped earlier this season. These guys should be rostered in all leagues, but just take a peak at waivers and see if they are available. If any of them happen to be available, I would be targeting these players first.
- Brandin Cooks
- Alexander Mattison
- Chase Edmonds
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Ryan Tannehill
- Robert Tonyan
- TJ Hockenson
- Matthew Stafford
- Jonnu Smith
- Tee Higgins
- Laviska Shenault JR.
- Henry Ruggs III
Now here are the guys that I will be trying to add that should be available on your league’s waiver wire.
The Steelers’ rookie broke the NFL on Sunday by reaching the end zone four times in Pittsburgh’s matchup against the Eagles. Chase Claypool seems to be yet another wide receiver success story in what has turned into a wide receiver factory in Pittsburgh. Claypool is an explosive player and he provides a physical mismatch against the linebackers and safeties he matches up against. With Diontae Johnson suffering another injury (back) you can expect Claypool to be a worth flex play with Johnson out, or a high upside streamer if you are in a pinch and Johnson were to be healthy.
The Chiefs’ speedster, Mecole Hardman, should see added benefit if Sammy Watkins misses some time due to his hamstring injury which, as of right now, is expected to sideline Watkins for a few weeks. Hardman should get a bump in volume but he will still be a risky play with high upside moving forward.
Travis Fulgham quickly burst onto the scene in the last two weeks. The former Old Dominion receiver was drafted last year by Detroit in the 6th round. He was then waived by the Lions, picked up by the Packers, then waived by the Packers, before finally being claimed by the Eagles in August. The second year receiver has now torched the 49ers defense in primetime and the Steelers this past Sunday. Against the Steelers, Fulgham had 10 catches on 13 targets for 152 yards and a score. With the massive injury list in the Eagles’ WR corps, and the inability of Zach Ertz to be effective so far this season, Fulgham should be fantasy relevant for the next few weeks.
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